Patriot Pastor with Wade Lentz & Harold Smith

Hosted ByWade Lentz and Harold Smith

Wade Lentz and Harold Smith speak about today's cultural and church-related issues from a biblical pastor's perspective.

A Biblical Perspective on Crime and Justice

In this enlightening episode of the Patriot Pastors Podcast, host Harold Smith and guest Wade Lentz delve deep into one of the most controversial discussions of our time: the enforcement of the death penalty. This conversation centers around capital punishment’s moral considerations and societal impacts, presenting a thorough analysis from a distinct biblical viewpoint. The episode’s narrative is intertwined with personal anecdotes and the historical background of the strict implementation of the death penalty.

Wade Lentz shares his real-world exposure to this issue through his direct participation in a second-degree murder trial. This experience triggered subsequent discussions around the effectiveness of the current justice system, which seems to lean towards lenient sentences for grievous offenses. The episode travels back in time, highlighting the legacy of Judge Isaac C. Parker, or the “hanging judge,” who influenced Fort Smith’s crime rates through capital punishment enforcement.

The dialog contrasts biblical principles of justice against current social realities, where criminals rarely pay the full price for their actions. This alarming shift in societal narratives vilifies law enforcers while cushioning culprits, leading to an increase in lawlessness and undermining public safety.

The episode further illuminates the declining respect for authority, particularly among the youth, and addresses this issue spiritually. It articulates the importance of consequences and disciplinary actions in steering individuals away from wrongdoing while advocating for stringent punishment for grave crimes like murder.

The episode underscores society’s need to align spiritual beliefs with societal actions in the quest for justice. It puts forward a thought-provoking discussion for those pondering the morality, efficiency, and effectiveness of capital punishment in today’s justice system.